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Day 1a Completed

Lushin Bags Day 1a/b Lead at Planet Hollywood as 72 Advance

mnuwwarah • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Matt Lushin
Matt Lushin

The inaugural iNinja World Championship, held at Planet Hollywood, drew 420 runners over its opening two flights, held Monday at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Both flights reached their hard stops at 17 percent of the field remaining, and when the dust settled, it was Matt Lushin who put 439,000 in a bag, good for the chip lead among the 72 survivors.

Lushin has $189,874 in cashes and can usually be found at a variety of tournaments in the Midwest. His best result is a win for $52,000 in a Chicago Poker Classic event from 2015.

One major pot that helped propel Lushin to the top came during Level 10 (500/1,000/100), when Lushin and Ben McCoy built a pot of about 40,000 preflop and the {9-Hearts}{a-Hearts}{3-Hearts} hit the felt. Lushin got his last 16,300 in with the {a-Spades}{j-Hearts} and was able to fade the outs of McCoy, who had {k-}{k-Hearts}.

Other players making it through included Jeremy Kerbel (418,500), Jason Smith (223,500), Michael Sanders (190,000), Ryan Phan (160,500), iNinja Pro and World Series of Poker bracelet winner John Reading (160,500), and Jose Montes (86,500).

Players eliminated on at least one bullet during the two flights included Matt Alexander, Lance Harris, Kou Vang, Joe Barnard, Aaron Johnson, Vlad Revniaga, and Emad Alabsi.

Two more Day 1 flights are scheduled for Tuesday, and PokerNews will be back on hand for more coverage.

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End of Day 1a/b Counts (full)

mnuwwarah • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
Matt Lushin us
Matt Lushin
us 439,000
Jeremy Kerbel
Jeremy Kerbel
418,500 -3,500
Samuel Pierce III
Samuel Pierce III
301,000 301,000
Jesse Mills
Jesse Mills
281,000 281,000
Ricky Kroegen
Ricky Kroegen
239,500
Tony Robertson
Tony Robertson
224,500
Jason Smith us
Jason Smith
us 223,500 37,500
Rafael Rodriguez
Rafael Rodriguez
214,000 214,000
James Krause
James Krause
212,500
Victor Ayala
Victor Ayala
211,000
Alan Casas au
Alan Casas
au 205,500
Lenny Talerico
Lenny Talerico
202,500 202,500
Bee Vang
Bee Vang
200,000
Isai Coelle
Isai Coelle
196,500 196,500
Tony Emrich
Tony Emrich
192,000 192,000
Michael Sanders us
Michael Sanders
us 190,000 20,000
Claudius Ferris us
Claudius Ferris
us 185,500 185,500
Heidi Roggenkamp
Heidi Roggenkamp
171,500
Taylor Hart us
Taylor Hart
us 168,000 168,000
Ryan Phan us
Ryan Phan
us 160,500 5,500
Sam Taylor us
Sam Taylor
us 157,500 -24,500
Fan Yang
Fan Yang
157,000 157,000
Mike Christiansen
Mike Christiansen
142,000
Jamie O'Sullivan
Jamie O'Sullivan
141,000 141,000
Danh Nguyen
Danh Nguyen
141,000 141,000

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Levy Busted

mnuwwarah • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

Daniel Levy pushed all in from early position for just under 32,000, and action folded to the big blind, who snapped with {k-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}. Levy had {j-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} and needed a lot of help, but the {2-Hearts}{k-Spades}{5-Hearts} was the opposite as it gave his opponent a set. The {3-Diamonds} turn ended things.

Daniel Levy
Daniel Levy
Busted

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Another for Taylor

mnuwwarah • Level 16: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

A player on the button shoved all in for 41,300, and Sam Taylor thought a bit and called from the big blind.

Taylor: {k-Spades}{j-Clubs}
Button: {a-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}

The flop came {8-Clubs}{7-Spades}{q-Diamonds}, clean for Taylor's opponent, but a {k-Diamonds} turn sent the pot to Taylor.

At the same table, Jeremy Kerbel appears to be the chip leader.

Jeremy Kerbel
Jeremy Kerbel
422,000
Sam Taylor us
Sam Taylor
us 182,000 52,000

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Reading Springs the Trap

mnuwwarah • Level 15: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante
John Reading
John Reading

A player opened to 7,500 in middle position and got a call from John Reading on his left. The big blind made it 21,000, chasing away the opener. Reading was slower to concede, and after thinking a bit, the World Series of Poker bracelet winner shoved all in for about 115,000. His opponent thought about a minute and mucked.

John Reading us
John Reading
us 146,000 86,000

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Level:
16
Blinds:
2,000/4,000
Ante:
500

Taylor Gets There to Bust Kulkay

mnuwwarah • Level 15: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante
Jon Kulkay
Jon Kulkay

Sam Taylor opened to 6,800 in early position, and Jon Kulkay shipped it for 41,100 more in the cutoff. Taylor thought about 30 seconds and called.

Kulkay: {q-Spades}{q-Diamonds}
Taylor: {a-Clubs}{q-Clubs}

The dealer spread a flop of {j-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{10-Spades}, improving Taylor with a straight draw. The {5-Hearts} turn was a blank but the {k-Clubs} river gave Taylor a Broadway straight for the win.

Sam Taylor us
Sam Taylor
us 130,000
Jon Kulkay
Jon Kulkay
Busted

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Level:
15
Blinds:
1,500/3,000
Ante:
500

Phan Wakes Up With Jacks

mnuwwarah • Level 14: 1,200-2,400, 400 ante

A player on the button made it 5,200, and the small blind shipped for about 46,000. Big blind Ryan Phan got counts of everyone's stack, and he opted to call. The opener folded. Phan expressed disappointment that he wasn't getting three-way action, tabling {j-Spades}{j-Hearts}. The small blind had {2-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}, and the flop was {7-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{j-Clubs}, leaving the small blind mute after he initially called for a deuce.

Ryan Phan us
Ryan Phan
us 155,000 68,600

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